Cost of living in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £9
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) £5.04
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.98
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.88
12 eggs, large £2.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £5.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.62
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £9
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.67
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £1,721
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £1,080
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £145
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,094
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £1,736
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £111
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £24
40” flat screen TV £298
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £71
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £7
Hourly rate for cleaning help £13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) £58
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) £32
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) £61
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £72
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £19,785
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.19
Monthly ticket public transport £61
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £13
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £2.72
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £88
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £3.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.27
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £4.39
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.63
Tube of toothpaste £1.28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £10
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £27
2 tickets to the movies £21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £184
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £49
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.55
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.27
iPad Air 2, 64GB £350
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.13
1 month of gym membership in business district £29
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes £9
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 322 prices entered by 35 different people.
Latest price update: October 16, 2017.

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